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Sharie Kohler is a New York Times, USA TODAY, and internationally bestselling author who also writes historical romances and a paranormal young adult series under the name Sophie Jordan. Visit her website at SharieKohler.net. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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ONE

TWELVE YEARS LATER …

Sorcha stared at the street below and felt a lonely chill watching the people flow past like so many fish in a stream. At this hour, they were couples mostly, and groups, out for the evening, heedless of the lightly falling rain. They existed simply, taking their pleasures, living their uncomplicated lives.

A couple passed directly below, hand in hand, crossing her building’s front door. The woman’s laughter drifted up, curling like sultry smoke on the air. Sorcha followed her brightly bouncing scarf as she faded down the cracked, uneven sidewalk into the water-soaked night.

Humans had no clue that creatures like Sorcha existed, walked among mankind, observing from the shadows.

They could never know.

Strange how life worked. As a girl she’d desperately craved the moment when she would grow up and transition and become like Jonah. So he could finally love her. So her father would approve of her and no longer frighten her.

Now here she stood, a dovenatu, powerful and strong.

Alone.

Rain shivered down the glass surrounding her top-floor loft. She’d bought the building a year ago, shortly after Gervaise’s death. It was a world away from the Central Park penthouse she’d shared with her husband. As far as anyone knew, the rundown building was just one of many sandwiched together in the crowded Soho neighborhood.

No one would ever expect that the wife of the late tycoon Gervaise Laurent lived within its molded brick walls. Precisely why she’d bought it. That and the windows. They gave her a view of the world she could only ever observe from the fringes. Flattening a palm on the cold glass, she exerted the slightest pressure … as though she would break through and leave everything behind. Fly away from the memories of her pack—from Jonah—and now Gervaise. All dead.

She shuddered, chafing her arms. Nothing was left. Nothing except an appetite for revenge that fed her heart.

Alone since Gervaise’s death, the dark beast inside her prowled, clawing to come out. She could deny it no longer, not with this constant hunger for vengeance.

She had become as dangerous as her father, her mother—consumed by a thirst for the blood of whatever thing had killed her husband.

Her pulse beat faster as she recognized a shiny town car slowing and pulling up at the curb below. Finally, she was here. Sorcha watched as the woman stepped onto the sidewalk littered with bags of late-night trash. Hopefully, she held the answers to Gervaise’s death.

Turning, Sorcha moved to the elevator and waited. A small shiver chased down her arms as the motor revved, carrying her much-anticipated guest up toward her.

When the door slid open, she spared not a glance for Cage, her late husband’s trusted man and a former NFL linebacker. Eventually, she’d have to let him go. Once it became too obvious that she wasn’t aging as she should be.

Sorcha’s gaze settled on the woman. The female was nervous, but tried to hide it, holding her chin awkwardly high. Her unnaturally dark hair was all the more striking for its contrast with her crystal blue eyes.

“Maree?” Sorcha inquired, her nostrils flaring, scenting her. Mothballs.

The woman nodded briskly, her gaze darting around, as if she expected something deadly to emerge from the shadows. Little did she know that the deadly thing already stood before her.

“Thank you for seeing me.”

“Like I had a choice?” Maree shot a glare over her shoulder at the hulking Cage the moment before the elevator doors slid shut on his impassive face. “He wouldn’t take no for an answer.”

“You’ll be generously paid for your time.” Turning toward the area she’d designated as the kitchen, Sorcha pushed the sleeves of her loose sweater to her elbows and motioned Maree to follow.

She did, the heavy thud of her boots echoing across the wood floor. “This is pretty nice. Wouldn’t have thought this was tucked up here. Looked like a real dump from the outside … thought I was being dragged into some crack house.”

Sorcha smiled. Exactly what she wanted. It kept people from sniffing about where they shouldn’t. “Can I get you anything before we begin?” She sank down in a chair at her table as if she dragged unwilling clairvoyants into her home every day.

The woman hesitantly lowered herself across from Sorcha. “No. Thank you.” She buried her hands beneath the line of the table, somewhere into the folds of her skirt. “Most people come to me for readings.”

“I’m not most people.” That was putting it mildly. Since Gervaise’s death, she’d avoided going out in public. Her anger, her sadness … It was just too dangerous.

Sorcha cocked her head. “I hope you won’t disappoint me. Everyone else I’ve spoken with has been less than helpful. You’ve come highly recommended, however, so let’s just cut to it and save us both time and see if you’re legit.”

Maree’s pupils seemed to darken and overfill her bright eyes. An alertness that hadn’t been there before swept over her. She glanced toward the elevator as if prepared to bolt. “What do you mean?” she asked, her voice as tremulous as a feather drifting on the air.

“Are you a real witch?”

“A witch?” Maree’s gaze shot back to Sorcha. She laughed, the sound cracking on the air. “I have a gift. Nothing more. Witches don’t exist.”

Sorcha leaned across the table, her nostrils flaring, scenting something besides the odor of mothballs rising on the air … an earthy aroma that reminded her of freshly tilled soil. She’d never smelled such a thing on a human before. Maree’s body temperature changed, dropped several chilling degrees. Sorcha smiled, slow and deep, satisfaction rippling through her. “You’re a witch,” she announced.

Sorcha had not known until this moment if this woman was a con like all the rest she had questioned. She had faced too many brick walls to count in her hunt for a real witch. She knew they existed, knew one had started the lycan curse over two thousand years ago. Which was why, deep at her core, in her bones, she knew that a witch could lead her to Gervaise’s killers.

“Listen, lady,” Maree began, “you’re wrong. I don’t—”

“When I asked you if you were a witch, your pulse quickened, your body temperature dropped. Not the reaction I would expect if I was off base.”

Maree shook her head, tossing her black hair. “What are you, some kind of—” The witch stopped abruptly, her voice dying as a look of dread passed over her face, bleeding it of all color.

Sorcha nodded. “It’s safe to say we’re both extraordinary females.”

“What are you?” Marre asked quietly, her gaze darting again to the closed elevator as if she might rush it. She moved in her chair, turning her body slightly, and Sorcha knew she was about to try.

“You’ll never make it,” she warned, her blood heating up and pumping faster. The darkness inside her frothed, eager for release.

Maree fell back in her chair and seemed to shrink where she sat.

Sorcha stood up and moved a safe distance from her, breathing thinly through her nostrils until she felt in control again. She loathed it that her beast could rouse so quickly. It never used to. She stared at her reflection in the dark glass. The face that stared back at her was beautiful, an elegant, sculpted beauty. She couldn’t help but wonder if Jonah would have liked her this way. Would he still have pushed her away?

“Do you really want to know what I am?” Sorcha’s voice scraped through the air, the words thick in her mouth. She angled her head, waiting.

“It’s safe to say we both know the world is composed of many unnatural things. Can you not guess whose den you’ve entered?” Sorcha swung an arm, turning from the window. “Why don’t you just do what it is you do, and then you can leave.” She fluttered a hand. “Forget you ever met me.”

Maree nodded jerkily, her blue eyes overly large in her pale face.

“Good.” With a brisk efficiency she didn’t feel, Sorcha reclaimed her seat. Crossing her arms over her chest, she lifted an eyebrow. “Read for me. Do whatever it is you do.” The words felt strangely thick on her tongue. Oddly, after all her efforts to locate a true witch, she felt unsettled sitting across from one. She could only think that it was one of Maree’s kind who had started the lycan curse … which created so much misery for the world. For Sorcha.

The witch exhaled. “This isn’t television. I do not read. I can’t see the future. That’s not my particular skill. Every witch has a different gift.”

“And what is your gift?” And how could Sorcha manipulate it to find her late husband’s killers?

The scene of Gervaise’s death had been terrible. Bloody. Violent. There hadn’t been much of his feeble body left. Their marriage might not have been real in the sense of couples who came together physically, but she had loved him. Gervaise had been the father to her that Ivo never was. Her elderly husband had known what she truly was and accepted her anyway.

He should not have died the way he did. He should not have suffered such a horrific end. She’d known instantly that the perpetrator couldn’t be human. It was a massacre—the kind that a lycan would commit in a feeding frenzy. Tonight she would learn everything about the creature who’d taken Gervaise from her. She would find him and his pack and destroy them all.

“I can see only the past,” the witch explained. “That’s all I do.”

Sorcha sat up straighter. “Perfect. That’s all I want to know.”

“I cannot guarantee that I will see the past event you wish to see … it could be something else from your past.”

“I will see my husband’s death,” Sorcha vowed, her jaw tight and aching where it clenched.

“I can try. But first, the fee you promised me.”

Sorcha removed a neatly folded wad of cash from the large front pocket of her sweater and dropped it on the table’s gleaming surface. Maree stuffed the money into the handbag she wore strapped across her chest. “Let’s do this then.” Sliding to the edge of her chair, she motioned for Sorcha’s hand.

Sorcha obliged, stretching out her arm, showing no reaction as Maree’s moist fingers took hold of her hand.

“Can you remember the event?” Maree asked.

Sorcha swallowed tightly and nodded. She would never forget the bloody sight.

“Good. Visualize that and I will try to channel the moment.”

Silence stretched. Sorcha studied the witch’s face as she pictured the night she’d found her husband torn to pieces. Sweat soon beaded Maree’s creased brow. Her breath grew raspy and Sorcha was convinced she was somewhere else, removed from this setting.

“Maree?” she whispered, and then felt silly because of her hushed tones. “Maree? What do you see?” she asked, her voice louder.

“A great fire,” she said, so softly that Sorcha leaned in. “It fills the night sky, lights up the entire city. I see you. Running down a street, the heat of the flames warm on your back …”

Sorcha sucked in a deep breath, knowing instantly where Maree had gone. And it wasn’t to the scene of Gervaise’s death. She was seeing Istanbul … the night Sorcha escaped from her pack and left Jonah behind forever.

She swallowed, fought the sudden thickness in her throat. Almost as if she were choking on the smoke from that night all over again.

She had never wanted to leave Jonah, but she couldn’t remain with the growing danger of her father. She still recalled Jonah’s eyes, heard his voice … felt his rejection in her heart. He would never take her to mate, never love her as she loved him. So she had fled. Raced headlong into the night, escaping her father and pack shortly before a group of hunters blew up the building.

Sorcha shook her head, returning to the sound of Maree’s voice recounting that event. “Tears run down your face, but you keep running …”

A breath shuddered through Sorcha, seeing herself through the witch’s words. As if she were there again, she tasted the salty fall of tears on her lips, smelled the smoke and ash.

She had wept for Jonah that night—and long after. Losing him had killed her young heart, stolen the last scrap of her youth. And this witch forced her to relive that.

“Move on,” she hissed, squeezing the witch’s hand that held hers. Maree made a small noise of pain and Sorcha relaxed her grip. “Look for Gervaise.” She lowered her voice to a coaxing pitch. “It was a spring night. I left to pick up dinner from his favorite delicatessen. He was listening to Der Freischütz.

She gently hummed some notes, imagining their elegant penthouse as she left it. Gervaise reclined in his leather armchair, a book in his lap, the soft lamplight casting his craggy features into relief.

Maree nodded. “Yes, I am there. I see him. The old man has a blanket over his lap… and a book …”

“Yes.” Sorcha’s blood raced. “Yes. Do you see his killer?”

No one had seen anything, not the building’s surveillance, not the doorman or the countless people who passed through the lobby. For a time, Sorcha had been a suspect. The police finally gave up on her, unable to explain away the lack of blood anywhere on her body or the several witnesses who had seen her walking to the delicatessen.

She shook her head. So much blood. More black than red. It covered the elegant pinstriped wallpaper, the windows, the furniture. Everything. She could still hear the staccato drip of it from the ceiling … could still smell the coppery tang.

A lycan was the only explanation. The only thing that made sense. The creatures moved faster than the human eye could detect. Hell, they could scale the side of her building. A lycan had killed Gervaise. Or a hybrid like herself, but their numbers were small when compared to the lycans who roamed the world.

Maree grew oddly quiet, her lids drifting shut over her bright blue eyes.

“Do you see the killer?” Sorcha pressed, shaking the woman’s hands, determined to have the truth. She was close now. She could feel it just as she felt a telling heat building at her core. At that moment, Maree started to shake with great full-body shudders. The hair at the nape of Sorcha’s neck tingled.

Maree’s eyes flew open then, and Sorcha gasped at the dark orbs—deep, black space, void of any white. Her eyes gleamed like twin marbles, polished to the point that Sorcha could see her reflection.

She dropped the witch’s hands as if stung and leaned back. “Maree?” she questioned in a low voice.

Maree cocked her head, the motion quick and birdlike. “You shouldn’t stick your nose into affairs out of your realm … dog. Or should I call you mongrel? You’re only a hybrid, after all. Not even a real lycan.”

Sorcha dug her hands into the edge of her chair. The voice was Maree’s, but not. It was different, dead and hollow sounding. “My husband is my concern.” Her voice sounded far calmer than she felt, considering the sudden rush of searing blood in her veins. It was as though her body knew what her mind struggled to grasp.

“Your husband is dead because of you.”

Sorcha dragged a hissing breath between her teeth. She tossed her head, the dark strands of her hair slapping her cheeks at these words. Denial surged hot and heavy in her chest. Gervaise had not been targeted because of her. No way. He was all she had, all that was left after she’d lost her pack—lost herself. He was the one thing that had come close to filling the hole in her heart Jonah had once occupied. She sucked in another deep breath. It couldn’t be her fault.

Maree continued, “I hoped you would be blamed for the murder …”

Two things became instantly clear as that comment sank in. First, Maree was no longer speaking to her. But Gervaise’s killer was.

The blood rushed to her head. She swallowed the dizziness and blinked past the sudden haze clouding her eyes. “What are you?”

“Safe to say, I’m not some useless witch who only harnesses a fraction of her power by resisting possession.”

“Possession?”

“You really are a stupid cow, aren’t you? Hard to imagine you could be any real threat.”

What are you?” she demanded again, leaning forward. “Where’s Maree?”

“Cowering inside herself at the moment … like most white witches. Always running, hiding from my kind. If she knew what was good for her, she would give herself over to me.”

“What are you talking about?”

“Haven’t you figured it out? I’m a demon. I possess witches … at least the ones who let me. You might have heard of one witch I own.” A heavy pause followed this. “Tresa.”

Tresa. The name struck a chill in Sorcha’s heart. “The witch who started the lycan curse?” Her lips moved numbly around the question. Tresa was the reason Sorcha existed … the reason any lycan or dovenatu existed.

Maree smiled. At least her face did. But Sorcha now knew it was really a demon smiling at her—Maree’s mouth stretching over teeth the color of bone. “Well, well, you do know something then. Maybe you are the clever mongrel the Dark Prince warned me of, after all. The Master predicted you would bring me down if I didn’t stop you. Looking at you, listening to you … it’s almost laughable to consider.”

“Tresa,” she whispered. “She still lives.”

The demon nodded. “As long as I exist, she lives. When she cursed Etienne Marshan long ago, she signed away her soul. To me.”

Sorcha pressed her fingers to her temples, struggling to take it all in. “You killed Gervaise …”

“Well, Tresa did it, but at my behest.” The demon leaned in, his lips moving slowly around the words. “Take it as a warning to stay out of my way.”

Sorcha stared in bleak fury. “I was living my life. I didn’t give a damn about you …” Until now. “You’ve made a serious mistake.” Heat erupted at her core, zipping along every nerve ending, pushing at her tightening flesh.

“What are you going to do about it, mongrel?” The demon sneered. “I’ve lived over two thousand years. Think you can stop me?”

In a flash, Sorcha turned. Could not stop herself. Her bones pulled, snapped into place in a burning instant. Her voice spat past her lips, thick and gurgling. “Why don’t you stop hiding inside Maree and come out so we can fight this properly?”

“Oh, I would love that. Tell you what, find Tresa. Destroy her. Then you and I can finish this. And I’ll show the Master that no pathetic mongrel has the power to kill me.”

Sorcha lurched from her chair, sending it clattering to the floor, forgetting at that moment that the demon wasn’t really there. She grabbed the witch by the shoulder, her fingers digging, eager to hurt, hungry for vengeance … until Maree cried out sharply. Sorcha pulled her hand back as if stung and stared hard at the witch’s face.

The black liquid pools of her eyes blurred, shrank and faded away. The startling blue flashed back into place. The witch sagged in her chair, blinking in confusion.

And Sorcha knew. The demon was gone.

Glancing wildly around the room, convinced the demon could still hear her even if he no longer possessed Maree, Sorcha shouted, “I’ll find Tresa! I’ll destroy her and then we’ll finish this!”

For Gervaise. For the misery Tresa’s curse had caused across ages. I’ll finish it.

Nothing would stop her.

© 2010 Sharie Kohler --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weakest Book In The Series 17 April 2011
By BrooklynGirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
You know that scene in the movie Moonlight where Cher's character slaps Nic Cage's character when he says he loves her and she yells "Snap out of it!" Well that's this book. The main character Sorcha was so silly, so infantile, so -- useless, I kept wanting to slap her silly and yell those same words to her. Jonah and Sorcha (sheesh even her name annoys me) were introduced in an earlier book and their characters held promise. I had hoped that theirs would be a great story behind their uniting that culminated in a pair that I would look back on and say yeah those two made a great book. However now that the rubber met the road I was praying that Jonah ended up with someone a bit more spunky like say Mila the white witch at the end of the book.

Sorcha has a rather illogical thirst to get revenge on the HWIC (head witch in charge) who created the subspecies. Because of her Sorcha believes her husband was killed as just another bump in the road. Not to mention he was elderly, more of a father figure and never her husband in all ways. He just basically took her in and according to her exposed her to culture and wealth and art. Sorcha was so glad to be away from cruelest dad of the Year Ivo that a Pigeon could have taken her into it's nest and she would have been grateful. Sorcha also carried a torch for Jonah and both Jonah and she believed each other dead in an horrific explosion so of course when they come face to face, no happy reunion for these two. Just blame and recriminations. Him - I thought you were dead. Her - I thought you were dead and you failed to mate with my 15 year old self when I offered. The storyline then jumps to Sorcha (that awful name again) wanting to train to kill demons because she can't keep hold of the witch when she finds her and she can't seem to protect herself when a demon tries to kill her via another source. That thread wraps up in a few chapters with her seeming to have learned nothing and Jonah getting his rocks off repeatedly and then booting her butt into the street. The book wraps up with Daddy Ivo putting them (yes his own daughter too) in a gladiator style fight club. The book quickly introduces other characters (I'm liking Mila), other species and another awful explosion where - duh-duh-duh (cue the music) we don't know if daddy Ivo is dead and done.

I could not wait for this book to end. I liked the start of the series and felt the first few books showed promise but ewwww this one stunk to high heaven. Weakly written, no strong plot development, kinda pointless sex (and I likes me some steamy paranormal loving) and so many threads left untied I am aghast at what Ms. Kohler will delve into next. It was also a too quick read. I think given what she threw out there this book seems to have been more a setting of the table for other stuff to come in the series but she did so in a way that left me with no interest in finding out what that is. Also don't let these 4 & 5 stars fool you on this one. This book at best was 3 stars (and I mean 2.5-3) for being the weakest in the series and a full-on messy mish-mash. I understand the to each his own but I personally am tired of many professional reviewers (you know who you are) giving the buying public these glowing reviews for lack-luster stuff. I also hope Ms. Kohler gets back in the game with a better offering next time worthy of the books in the series
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, original, with plot twists the reader never sees coming! 6 Sept. 2010
By Lark Howard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a child, Sorcha adored Jonah, her father's second in command, and when he rejected her advances, she ran away from the cruel life her parents forced on her. That act of rebellion saved her life, but she'd watched the fire that destroyed the palace and killed her family and Jonah. That was before her transition--the coming of age for a hybrid lycan/human called a dovenatu--before she became strong and beautiful.

Twelve years later, after her elderly husband is torn apart by a demon, Sorcha sets out for the arctic to avenge his murder.

Jonah has never forgiven himself for not saving Sorcha from the inferno. She had been the only goodness and innocence in his life and he had failed to keep his vow to protect her. His current lonely existence as a demon slayer hardly makes up for years of working for Sorcha's depraved father. Knowing he's destined to die, he accepts a mission to the frozen north hoping to save the world from unimaginable horrors.

When Sorcha and Jonah come face to face in a wilderness cabin in Alaska, sparks start flying instantly. But Sorcha is not longer the innocent child who longed for his love and Jonah is shamed by the sexual need she ignites in him. Unfortunately, any chance of reconciliation is impossible given his mission is to stop her from getting her revenge and she's destined to kill him.

As these two battle demons, witches and ultimately an evil determined to destroy them both, Sorcha and Jonah can't deny their dovenatu animal natures or the emotions that refuse to stay buried in the past.

Over the four book Moon Chasers Series, Sharie Kohler has developed a rich world inhabited by lycans, dovenatus, witches and demons. Each book builds on the last, however, they also stand alone as a satisfying complete story. Fast paced, original, with plot twists the reader never sees coming, MY SOUL TO KEEP once again proves that Ms. Kohler is one of the masters of the paranormal romance genre!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Childish Main Character 27 July 2013
By TenneSales - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Nothing ruins a book for me worse than a childish main female character. Spoiler alert.

Basically the book is about how Sorcha sexually threw herself at her protector Jonah at the age of 15. He declined. She ran away. Her old home exploded. They both thought each other dead for 10 yrs. None of this is explained in the useless 'prologue'. Actually there's a lot not explained. She marries an old dude for money and a good life. She's a gold digger. He's murdered. She thinks she can take down the killer. She gets her butt kicked instead. That's when she meets Jonah who's alive and well. She is MAD at him for rejecting her all those years ago. She refuses to listen to reason. It doesn't bother her that by killing the demon possessed killer, it would unleash the big bad demon upon the earth.

She tracks Jonah back to his home (somehow) and convinces him to train her to fight invisible demons. She can't even fight visible opponents, let alone invisible demons! Jonah doesn't understand why she wants training (duh). Training her to fight doesn't work out. It doesn't even get started. They have an argument. It is not a heated romantic atmosphere whatsoever, he completely disses her. What does she do? Strip and play with herself in front of him to get him to go to bed with her. Tasteless. There's no romance at all, he completely uses her. There's no respect for herself or from him to her, no wonderful emotional connections through the act. The author was clueless.

Sorcha's happy to be in his bed. Everybody acts hunky dory. Which is kind of odd since Jonah told his female roommate Darby that Sorcha was like his sister. Darby obviously had a huge crush on him. And Darby heard the two of them doing it. She wasn't just a little bit upset, jealous or indifferent? She was just... there. Everything is fine until a demon tries to kill Sorcha and what does Jonah do? Kick everyone out of his home. What a loving protector. How and why did some random demon want to kill Sorcha anyways? Sorcha runs home and wallows in self-pity. Then she has the grand idea to go after the killer again. Without a plan. She doesn't consider how well that didn't work the first time. No! She goes straight back to where it all started and runs into yet another group of nefarious people searching for the same killer.

I couldn't read any further. It was frustrating that she didn't learn anything. She dies from her mistakes but never learns from them because unfortunately she's immortal and she can do that as many times as she wants and still come back to life. The main character was immature, childish, selfish, uncaring, repeated the same mistakes, her priorities were messed up, the main characters were NOT a good fit for each other. She only thought about herself and he supposedly only ever thought of her. The plot was shifty, lacked focus, plenty of holes and random events left hanging. It was not a very well thought out book. It did nothing to engage readers. Not worth the time or money. I was truly shocked to see such a high star rating. I have literally read thousands maybe several thousand novels (mostly romance paranormal and science fiction). Only a few have inspired me to write a poor review over the years. I'm not writing on behalf of a book club or whatever organization motivated to put their word in.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the heroine is totally bad ass and Jonah is a hard-hitting knight in shinning armor. 31 Aug. 2010
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My Soul to Keep (Moon Chasers, Book 4) by Sharie Kohler
Paranormal Romance - Aug. 31, 2010
4 ½ stars

This is a fantastic series. My Soul to Keep is officially the 4th full length novel in the author's Moon Chasers werewolf series. (There is a short novella in the anthology Haunted by Your Touch coming out in Oct 2010.) What sets this series apart is that the werewolves are not noble creatures of the earth but savage, mindless, and violent. So instead of being celebrated, they are hunted down. All except for the rare dovenatu who are half-breeds. They are lucky because they have the ability to control their animalistic urges. In this story we are treated to a tale of 2 dovenatu with an emotional past history.

Sorcha is a dovenatu who was terrorized by her family. The only one she admired was Jonah who protected her. She idolized him but he rejected her young attentions. When a deadly fire kills all of her pack Sorcha is finally able to find a life when she is found by a elderly and wealthy man. He is fascinated by her abilities. He marries her and shows her how to love and accept herself. However, her joy is short lived when he is brutally murdered by a witch named Tresa who possessed by a demon. The same witch who cursed all her kind into becoming werewolves. Determined to have her vengeance Sorcha tracks down Tresa but is stopped by none other than Jonah!

Jonah is a demon slayer who protects witches from being possessed from demons. When one of the witches warns him that a woman is trying to kill Tresa he realizes he must prevent her. Because if the Tresa dies the powerful demon who possesses her will be set loose and create untold damage. But when he travels to stop the witch slayer he surprised, appalled, and aroused by a tough and sexy Sorcha.

I thought both of these characters had a lot of chemistry. Both needed and did complement each other. I liked Sorcha's new tough attitude and Jonah is very heroic and noble. Their past history added a lot to the story's depth. But I did get tired of Sorcha's single minded drive to kill Tresa even after she has been told repeatedly why it is NOT a good idea to let the demon free. Thankfully she redeems herself later in the book with her courage. I also admired Jonah but there is one change in his attitude when he drives Sorcha away that I felt really didn't fit his character. While I think both actions did add tension to the story I wish the author hadn't added them in since it made both of the characters behavior inconsistent even somewhat irrational. If it were not for those 2 issues I would rate this book as perfect! It certainly packs a lot of surprises and introduces some very interesting new characters. Especially, the werewolf hunter who is hated by his own.

A quick and highly entertaining paranormal romance. Sorcha is totally bad ass and Jonah is a hard-hitting knight in shinning armor. This is a book that readers looking for a new take on the werewolves mythology will enjoy!

Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of sensual passion and jaw-dropping action 20 Mar. 2011
By Wendy L. Hines - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sorcha is half-human and half-lycan, a dovenatus. So is Jonas, her father's second in command. Sorcha's father is the Alpha of their pack and his word is absolute. Sorcha was promised to Jonas as his future mate, and she adores him. Jonas, though he cares for Sorcha, knows she is too young yet for a relationship.

When Sorcha is fifteen, Jonas turns from her. He doesn't feel she is ready yet for a relationship and her heart is broken. When a fire breaks out, she uses the distraction to run, even as she realizes all of her pack and Jonas are still in the clutches of the fiery inferno. She spends years heart-broken and thinking of Jonas, but eventually marries.

When Sorcha's husband is murdered, she vows to seek vengeance. She trains hard, and hires a witch to help her see who murdered her husband and where they are located. She learns it is a witch possessed by a demon, the same demon who curses her kind centuries ago.

When Sorcha goes after the witch, she is stopped from striking the killing blow by Jonas. She is shocked to see him alive, as she thought him dead. All of her old feelings come rushing back to her, but she tamps them down. How dare he get in her way of her revenge?

Jonas has to stop Sorcha from killing the witch and releasing the demon at all costs, even if he has to kill her. The demon is almost impossible to kill if released and will wreak havoc upon mankind. He thought Sorcha was dead so he is stunned to see her all grown up. He vows to win her heart again, even if they fight every step of the way.

MY SOUL TO KEEP, BOOK 4 of the MOON CHASER SERIES, is a thrilling paranormal romance. This series is phenomenal, full of romance, mystery, action and the paranormal. The characters are complex and riveting and their world they inhabit captivating and interesting. Full of sensual passion, jaw-dropping action, and exceptional writing, MY SOUL TO KEEP is a sure-fire winner. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, but you won't want to miss the rest of the series, MARKED BY MOONLIGHT, KISS OF A DARK MOON, and TO CRAVE A BLOOD MOON.
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